(RNS) — The 15-by-24 Pentateuch bound in leather with metal bosses dates to around the year 1000 and was acquired two years ago by the Green Collection, headed by billionaire Steve Green of the Hobby Lobby arts and crafts chain.
(RNS) — As many as 17 Bible fragments were bought from a world-renowned Oxford University professor who researched the items for the British-based Egypt Exploration Society and secretly sold them to Hobby Lobby.
(RNS) — The return follows an investigation the museum is conducting on the origins of more than 3,000 items in its collection.
WASHINGTON (RNS) — More than 1,700 groups have visited the high-tech Museum of the Bible that sits two blocks from the National Mall, the site of the U.S. Capitol, art galleries and other museums.
(RNS) — While the Museum of the Bible is trying to sort out the origins of its holdings after a U.S. government lawsuit over the 'unlawful importation' of artifacts, a much larger sibling collection in Oklahoma City is not part of the housecleaning effort. (Analysis)
WASHINGTON (RNS) — The 430,000-square-foot museum's creators seek to fascinate, educate and — depending on your point of view — evangelize.
WASHINGTON (RNS) — And museum co-founder Steve Green breathes a sigh of relief.
WASHINGTON (RNS) — The 430,000-square-foot museum with a view of the U.S. Capitol is meant to fascinate, educate and — depending on your point of view — evangelize.
(RNS) — “The removal of artifacts from a country belongs to the imperial era and this should not be happening anymore," said Gabriel Barkay, a renowned Israeli biblical archaeologist. "It dates to a time when archaeologists thought the nations where they excavated were primitive and saw themselves as the guardians of cultural treasures.”
WASHINGTON (RNS) — Questionable artifacts haven't cast doubt on the reputations of other museums and institutions in the same way as occurred after the Museum of the Bible's acquisition of thousands of items from Iraq in a sale that was 'fraught with red flags.'
(RNS) 'No dealer in his right mind would have been involved in this,' said Jerome Eisenberg, an antiquities dealer who has specialized in ancient art for more than 60 years.
(RNS) There is a place in the profession for ex post facto due diligence on high-speed collecting: if you can’t get it right at first, make sure you do it right later.
JERUSALEM (RNS) The Israeli pilot program, known as TAMAR represents the Museum of the Bible's first successful educational program. Last year, an Oklahoma school district shelved a similar pilot curriculum.
(RNS) Could the Green family’s Museum of the Bible be more open to dispassionate scholarship than previously assumed? The hiring of David Tobisch might suggest that.
(RNS) "In summary, the topic of a Bible course in the Mustang School District is no longer a discussion item nor is there a plan to provide such a course in the foreseeable future," Mustang Public Schools Superintendent Sean McDaniel said.